Mancini hopeful for Hart

City boss hopeful lightning doesn't strike twice with keeper injuries

Mancini: Hopeful over Hart

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will not be bringing in another goalkeeper to backup Joe Hart for the remainder of the season.

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City were dealt a blow following an injury to Shay Given that ruled him out for practically the rest of the season after damaging his shoulder.

The only recognised reserve goalkeeper in City's squad is Stuart Taylor, who has not played in a competitive match for over a year, in an FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe early in 2010.

Mancini had to go through the same situation last season at a remarkably similar time, bringing in Marton Fulop on an emergency loan to replace the injured Given due to Hart being on loan at Birmingham.

But Mancini was hopeful that lightning would not strike twice and that the England goalkeeper will stay fit until the end of the campaign.

"Last year we were unlucky," he said.

"It is impossible that we will be unlucky like that again.

"Joe is young. I hope he will be strong and can play all the games until the end. I am not going to try and loan someone."

Injury problems

City are already without half a dozen senior men and Vincent Kompany may join them after sustaining a hip injury against Aris Thessalonika in midweek.

It merely adds to Mancini's total disbelief at a fixture pile-up that is threatening his side's chances of success.

Should City draw their FA Cup fifth-round tie with Aston Villa on Wednesday, the replay has been scheduled for Monday, March 7, two days after the Blues tackle Wigan in the Premier League at Eastlands and only three before a punishing round trip to Kiev of 4,500km for the Europa League first-leg tie with Dynamo.

It is fixture congestion the likes of which Mancini has never encountered before. And the Italian does not believe it is fair.

"In my life I have never seen that a team arrives in February and March and has to play every two days," he said.

"This is a big problem, not only for us but for all the teams.

"Something should change because this is impossible for all English players.

"At every World Cup and European Championships, there is a problem for England because all their players are tired.

"We should have more respect for them. They are not machines."